Author Anchee Min has won acclaim for her memoir of growing up in China under Mao Zedong. She’s also written several works of fiction in which she explores the human hunger to survive against extreme social brutality. In this conversation, Anchee Min tells us what she learned about the human spirit in the forced labor camp in which she spent her teenage years, and how she’s found healing in America.
was born in Shanghai in 1957. She came to the United States in 1984. She’s the author of several books, including her memoir Red Azalea and, most recently, The Last Empress, a sequel to Empress Orchid.